Another of the most mysterious and difficult stories in the Bible, this time not difficult because the subject pains us, but difficult to understand. We Westerners are hung up on "understanding", sometimes it is better to "stand under" (and learn from) than to understand ;) This may be one of them! If we try to understand the story of Jacob's fight we quickly get a headache, nothing quite works of provides all the answers. (See a fine website produced by Kirsten Abbott
in one of my classes for more on this.) If, however, we stand under and learn from this story there is lots to learn!